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EICC expansion bid hanging in balance

posted 29 Oct 2009, 07:34 by David Rintoul   [ updated 29 Oct 2009, 07:58 ]

A bid to expand the city's main conference facility is hanging in the balance after councillors refused to back the controversial £85 million scheme.

Plans to extend to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) were criticised before members of the planning committee decided to delay a decision.

Some compared the proposal to "a 1960s polytechnic" while others said the architecture should be of a far higher quality given the importance of the site.

It had been expected the submission would be approved after council officials gave it their backing in a recent report.

Instead, some councillors yesterday moved to throw out the plans.

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